A LADIES-ONLY gym is among the improved services planned by the trust which runs leisure centres and libraries in Helensburgh and Lomond and across Argyll and Bute.

The proposal is contained in the annual report for LiveArgyll, for 2018-19, which was considered by Argyll and Bute Council’s community services committee on Thursday.

Other proposals include an increase in the number of places available at leisure centres’ swimming classes, and more partnership working in the area’s libraries with agencies such as Citizens’ Advice, the DWP, the NHS and further education providers.

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Kevin Anderson, LiveArgyll’s general manager, said in the report: “We intend trialling new services including a ladies only gym, expansion of personal training options and fitness class provision, the introduction of functional fitness activity and associated equipment requirements.

“On our swim school, we look to increase the number of spaces available.

“Our desire to make our libraries genuine community hubs remains high on the list of priorities.

“During the next year we expect to roll out partner offerings within our library estate working with agencies such as Citizens’ Advice, DWP, NHS and further education authorities.

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“We have a development plan in place which is targeted at increasing use, clearly linked to national and local programmes and initiatives, e.g. Summer Reading Challenge and Books on Prescription.

“Across all of our programmes, from Active Schools through to archives and local studies, we aim to be a progressive and inclusive organisation.

“We will continue to provide an accessible, affordable, attractive and safe environment and services for all.”